Finland - CIMO (National Agency) and the implementation of the ESOK project - Inclusive Higher Education

Finland - CIMO (National Agency) and the implementation of the ESOK project - Inclusive Higher Education

The main aim of the project is to promote physical, psychological, and social accessibility in teaching and learning in Finnish higher education institutions (HEIs) so that everyone has the same rights and access to study regardless of one's characteristics.

CIMO has worked together with the Finnish ESOK network (Higher Education Access & Disability) and compiled the aforementioned checklist to be used both by students and institutions.

The project supports the accessibility work of all HEIs by promoting collaboration between HEIs and non-governmental organisations, organising training, endorsing best practice and developing guidelines and recommendations. There are ten pilot HEIs and twenty non-governmental organisations involved in the project.

The ESOK project began in autumn 2005 and was influenced by Ministry of Education publication Esteetön opiskelu yliopistoissa (2005), (transl. Accessible study in universities. According to its guidelines, the project promotes the removal of obstacles and barriers that hinder/prevent study in HEIs. Particular attention was paid to students with disabilities, learning difficulties, mature students and students who belong to a cultural or linguistic minority. The project was supported by Ministry for Education from 2007 to 2009.

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